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-to-back developments coming out of kiev where secretary of state john kerry addressed reporters just moments ago, and in washington where the president spoke concerning the crisis in ukrain as well. mike the secretary of state and president using versus forceful language, the secretary of state calling what happened in kiev freedom, and the president using words like meddle and intervene. >> yes, both men trying to embarrass vladimir putin on the world stage. the president said it has not been a sign of strength but a reflection of the suspicion of all of the neighbors of russia, ages of suspicions being echoed over the last 72 hours. the president said he want to de-escalate this. they are not making for a major confrontation. and secretary kerry on that score says that vladimir putin is looking for a pretext. here is a little bit more of what president obama had to say moments ago. >> from the perspective of the european union, the united states, allies like canada and japan, and allies in friends and partners around the world will is a strong belief that russia's action is violating internat
." secretary of state kerry lands in kiev as the united states prepares to punish russia for the ukrainian siege. and president vladimir p breaks his silence. >>> first on "cbs this morning," a new report could make you think twice on why your doctor is prescribing certain medications. >>> plus we're on the edge of a sinkhole to show you the effort to save eight classic corvettes. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> russian president vladimir putin says ukraine's ousted president is the only legitimate leader of the country and what's happening now is a coup. >> russia stands its ground in ukraine. >> shots fired in an attempt to control the advancing ukrainian troops, coming back to their base. >> we have the top -- >> secretary of state john kerry touched down in ukraine this morning. >> ukraine's navy reportedly ordered to surrender or be stormed. >> russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >>> deep freeze settling in. 45 outside of dallas was turned into a parking lot. >> i'm going back the other way.
for you. america's top diplomat heading to ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with the key players in kiev. >> translator: this was an unconstitutional coup. >> reporter: and vladimir putin speaking out about the represents. >>> president obama outlining his budget wish list and an emphasis on the working poor. >>> and we'll tell you how police in new orleans are trying to keep things under control for fat tuesday. ♪ >>> secretary of state john kerry is in kiev at this hour. he is expected to speak shortly showing u.s. support for ukraine's new government. we are waiting for that to happen. vladimir putin spoke out earlier, rejecting the new government in ukraine. phil ittner watching the situation for us from kiev. and phil this is the first time we have heard from vladimir putin since the crisis began? >> reporter: that's right, dell, secretary of state kerry did show up and spend some time on the square paying tribute to those who lost their lives, but you are right, before he showed it up was vladimir putin who was in the spot light. he spent an hour with the russian
mitchell reports," united front. in paris today, secretary of state john kerry joins forces with our european allies to put the pressure on putin to back down in retreat from crimea. and this hour, kerry meets with his russian counterpart to continue to urge direct talks between russia and ukraine. >>> mother russia, but can the u.s. and europe stop putin's ultimate end game? back stateside, critics on the hill say we should have seen this coming. >> this president does not understand vladimir putin. he does not understand his ambitions. he does not understand that vladimir putin is an old kgb colonel bent on restoration of the soviet of the russian empire. >> hearing adjourned. what happens when the house oversight committee chairman cuts off a microphone after lois lerner pleads the fifth for a second time. this. >> you will sit down and allow me to ask the question, i am a member of a congress of the united states of america. i am tired of this. >>> good day. i'm chris matthews in washington in for andrea mitchell. she'll be back tomorrow. secretary john kerry's meetling
this morning." secretary of state kerry is about to face his russian counterpart. margaret brennan is in paris with the billion-dollar plan to save ukraine and stop a showdown. >>> a dramatic rescue in florida. the rush to save a mom and her three kids after their minivan ends up in the atlantic ocean. >>> and will legalized sports gambling tackle organized crime? a former mobster tells "60 minutes" forget about it. >>> but we begin with the "eye-opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> it is clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. >> the u.s. tries to defuse the crisis in ukraine. >> secretary of state john kerry will meet with his russian counterpart in paris today. >> there are reports this morning that russian troops have seized two ukrainian defense missile system in crimea. >> sanctions could be imposed on russia if it fails to de-escalate by tomorrow. >> if you like your health plan you may be able to keep it longer. the "washington post" says the obama administration is rewriting rules. >>> mom and dad a
. andrea, thank you. you just saw the press conference. what is kerry attempting to do today in this crisis? >> he's attempting to shore off the ukrainian people to tell their interim leaders they can pull this together and resist pressure on in terms of rising energy prices and also the threat of military force, that they can resist pressure from vladimir putin. he was strikingly passion nal having had the moving experience of walking by the square where the resistance took place, seeing the barricade still there, seeing the tires and barbed wire and flower for the martl mart martyrs, the heavenly hundred, all men and one woman who died in the sniper fire. it was an emotional day and business of trying to meet with interim leaders and tell them that the united states will stand with them $1 billion in loan guarantees. there has been some softening among the allies. here's you've got kerry and the president saying that vladimir putin will be isolated from the world economically and politically by his fans and by having operational control illegally says the united states in crimea. but puti
and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fight. behind the gate, the ukrainian troops are dressed for combat but look bewildered. and no wonder. their country has been invaded, their homeland, crimea, taken over. two armys in a tense standoff. it's been decades since we've seen as clear a russian takeover in eastern europe as this one. and so far there is no sign whatsoever that the ukrainian soldiers behi
ukraine this morning. john kerry is on his way to the region to put pressure on putin to stand down. >> will diplomacy be enough? we have the latest from washington. >> the secretary of state john kerry is in the air on his way to kiev where he will meet the members of ukraine's government and let them know the united states has got their back. experts are predicting kerry's visit is only going to encourage russian president put tin to show off his military strength. >> kerry is going to kiev. don't be surprised if put tin uses that as an opportunity to do something like air strikes on the ukrainian air base. it's about to get worse not better. there are no red lines for this administration. he draws with a pink crayon. >> ukraine's military has 180,000 men a fraction of russia's million man force. ukraine has 200 combat air force that's one seventh of russia's 1400. they would have a hard time in a head to head battle. now they are threatening diplomatic trouble for russia if they continue their aggression. >> this would be a problem for russia. the strong condemnation from countri
the event was not unexpected and russia did notify the u.s. and in kiev, secretary of state john kerry talked more about dollars than weapons. chief washington correspondent james rosen is traveling with the secretary tonight. >> mobbed by ordinary ukrainians in kiev's midawn square, where 67 protesters died in the clashes that toppled the country's pro-russian president from power last month and where the air is still thick with the smell of smoke, burning rubber, and heartbreak. secretary of state john kerry promised that the u.s. will help the struggling eastern european nation in its bid to break free of kremlin influence and align itself with the west. later in meetings with interim government leaders and lawmakers in ukraine's parliament, kerry promised a billion dollar loan guarantee designed to ease the sting of energy costs. officials traveling with kerry had voiced concern that russian president vladimir putin who last week sent tens of thousands of forces may be preparing for a larger invasion of eastern ukraine. putin himself looking relaxed at a state res dnls outside mosc
john kerry pledged financial assistance to the struggle ukraine. what's next appears to be a balance on the tightrope of diplomacy. jim maceda joins us. >> reporter: what a difference a day makes really. putin's comments on tuesday that he had no desire to annex the crimea peninsula, to take a step back from the brink. even though crimea remains tense on the ground today there's a new report of russians seizing two ukrainian anti-missile posts. still it feels like ukraine is spinning not towards war today but some kind of diplomatic solution. for instance, after secretary of state john kerry's visit to kiev yesterday, where he did show support for that new pro-western government with very strong words against vladimir putin and a promise of a billion dollars in loans, today kerry meets for the very first time since the current crisis escalated with his russian counterpart to talk exit strategy. more significantly, the ukrainian and russian governments are talking on a cabinet level today for the first time. and then there's a russian defense official discussing ukraine with nato memb
to stabilize the situation in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry set to meet with russian's foreign minister in paris. >>> and the jet of the future that is costing taxpayers a fortune now. ♪ >>> world leaders engaging in shuttle diplomacy today over the crisis in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with officials in france, nato is also holding talks in brussels. here is is what is at stake. in crimea things are tense. >> reporter: if there is somewhere in crimea where the russians have full control it is here at the port. ships of the black sea fleet block all traffic, military and civilian, draining all life from this otherwise thriving port. this is an easy target for the russians. but if their intention is to take over all ukrainian military installations in crimea, then the mission is not over yet. ukrainian servicemen have refused to yield to this russian show of force. the russians have taken position in front of this army base here. we managed to speak to some of the ukrainian servicemen through the gate. they said they hadn't received any ultimatum yet. they s
to allied world leaders. john kerry making the rounds of some of the sunday talk shows. still insisting that this is not a cold war redo, although it's obviously russia versus the west in the crisis over ukraine. harking back to an earlier era, saying it's 19th century actions on the part of russia, john kerry says he's been on the phone with allied foreign ministers over the course of the last 24 to 48 hours. here is what he told a sunday show earlier today. >> i talked to 10 of the foreign minister of those wound ris engaged the g8, and all of them are prepared to go to the hilt toest late russia. they are prepared to put sanctions in place, to isolate russia economically. the roouble is already going down. russia has major economic challenges. >> so secretary of state john kerry talking about going to the hilt with allies, including economic sanctions. evidently military action on the part of the allies or on the part of the united states. no one is seriously talking about that. other things secretary of state john kerry mentioned - isolation on trade and investment of russia, freezi
today, saying that he's protecting russians. john kerry went to kiev squared and pledged a $1 billion loan to the interim government and condemned russia in crimea. the verbal sparring started this morning when president putin broke his silence. >> we have not considered crimea, only the citizens of crimea must decide their future. >> what's happening there is not concern for russian nationals, but based on russia seeking through force, to exert their influence on a neighboring country. >> it's an unconscionable coup and a military seizure of power. >> there's a strong belief that russia's action is violating national law. president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different interpretation, but that's not fooling anybody. >> president obama accused putin of meddling in the region. both president obama and secretary kerry speaking in support of ukraine today. >> that's right, john. it was plays and cower plays by the major players that russia is having over the face-off with the ukraine. the white house is consulting with congress and it's european allies to co
in ukraine, several fast moving developments on the ground as secretary of state john kerry landed in kiev this morning. the new video showing him with ukraine's acting president has the white house lays out its economic plan to bolster ukraine's finances. >>> next hour at home, president obama puts his money where his mouth is, unveiling a budget that backs up his income inequality message that backs young children and universal e pre-k. and it has been a winter of extreme cold, record snow. has the deep freeze changed how americans are spending? >>> we begin with the white house confronting major challenges on the domestic and international fronts. the president next hour will unveil a nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school in washington, as they battle with republicans over the economy and income inequality. overseas, secretary of state john kerry has arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev, where he just met with the acting president. he's there to show support for the country's embattled government, which includes a billion dollars in aid. a new sign of aggression, russi
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of interpretations, but i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> secretary of state john kerry who arrived in kiev also dispute putin's claim when he was asked about it by my colleague, andrea mitchell. >> it's clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. russia has talked about russian-speaking minority citizens under siege. they're not. >> kerry talked about a meeting with the new government and protest leaders including former pro boxer klitchko. the package includes a $1 billion in loan guarantees. still, the question is how to interpret putin's remarks today. not only did he deny russian troops had invaded crimea, he said that should russia wish to do so, they have every legal right since they would be doing it at the request of the former but in russia's eyes legitimate president. ian williams joins us from kiev. what's the reaction from ukrainen officials to what putin said today? >> a good day to you, joy. it's fair to say that a lot of people have been left wondering what planet the russian president lives on. the leadership here, senior go
at putting an end to the tense situation between ukraine and russia. >> secretary of state john kerry meeting with russia's foreign minister in paris this morning. kerry is also speaking with ukraine's foreign minister who hitched a ride to france on secretary of state's plane. abc's tahman bradley is following it from washington. >> reporter: the u.s. and other nations are still trying to defuse the volatile standoff in ukraine. in crimea, tensions remain high. with russian and ukrainian troops staring each other down walking the streets of kiev yesterday kerry saw the shrines where ukrainians died in last month's protests. the secretary blasted vladimir putin's invasion of crimea. >> it is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. >> reporter: putin says he ordered troops in to protect ethnic russians. president obama warned russia is violating international law. >> president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations but i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> reporter: the
, welcome to al jazeera. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet russia's minister, amid a war of words over the standoff in crimea's peninsula. john kerry arrived for talks on-tuesday, the high level meeting the first between the two countries since russia september troops to crimea. ukraine offered little assurance of a peaceful solution. a meeting two the two country's defence ministers on tuesday epded in a stalemate, one said "we have no sign of hope." >> lisa stark joins us from washington in a moment. but jennifer glasse is in the crimea city of sevastopol. good morning. we heard from foreign minister sergei lavrov before the meeting with kerry. what did he have to say? >> good morning, sergei lavrov speaking in madrid making clear the russian position is far from the american position. moscow believes president viktor yanukovych was ousted illegally. that moscow was forced to act because what happened in kiev could be contagious, criticising the west for supporting the new government in kiev, criticising what sergei lavrov called protesters acting against the ukrainian constitut
it an unconstitutional coup and a seizure of power and john kerry arrived in ukraine and in a show of support he will meet with the new government and it's part of a u.s. plan to increase diplomatic pressure on moscow. russia risks being shut out by the g 8 industrial summit and they are not backing off and russia says troops were sent there at the request of ousted president viktor yanukovych and phil is in kiev and, phil, another department, russian putin pulled out troops on the exercise on the border of ukraine, is that a sign at all of russia changing its position in crimea? >> not in crimea, stephanie, those troops that are on the peninsula are still there, still the people in kiev woke this morning to the welcome news that at least the war games that have been conducted close to the borders are over but nevertheless the russia military president and the might is still on the minds of people here. outside st. petersburg in russia on monday putin observed the might. war games russia says and a glimpse nonetheless of the military fire power. that same overwhelming force has captured the peni
by the international community, secretary of state john kerry is still planning to be here tomorrow. there will be a number of phone calls around, including apparently vice president biden on the phone with prime minister medvedev, so lots going on here. >> do we have any idea about what the russians are saying about this crisis so far? >> the russians are still staying very strong on what they think is the right thing to do. they say they are coming in to protect people. this is what foreign minister had to see about their motivation for going into crimea. >> this is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots and ensuring human life especially the right to life. those trying to interpret the situation as aggression and threatening us with sanctions and boy cots are the same partners who have been consistently encouraging the political powers close to them to declare ultimate items and renounce dialogue. >> also in a very strong show of force, del, today, vladimir putin, the president of russia tweeting pictures of a spot inspection of those troops who lion the border regi
was fired. secretary of state john kerry is expected to touchdown in kiev. is he just going to try to show support for ukraine's fledgling government. let's pick up the story there. we are live at that air base in crimea where you saw the altercation. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, what we understand from the commander of this base, which is a military base north of sa vast pole, he received an ultimatum that by noon, this base must surrender to russian forces. clearly, the situation here is quite tense. now, right behind me, there are cr ukraiyoukrainian soldiers, some arms at the ready. some of their wives and relatives have come bringing food and refreshment for them. the wives as well saying they are here to stay despite the empation of an ultimate -- implementation of an ultimatum. >> two very different narratives being told here. but there on the ground where ben is, you have crew yan january families saying they feel they are under siege by the russians. president obama is holding high-level cabinet talks at the white house. this happened last night. the plan moving forward i
proposition for russia. >> reporter: the president is dispatching secretary of state kerry to kiev for meetings tomorrow with interim government leaders and parliamentarians. and he called on congress to act quickly on economic aid for ukraine. in brussels today, kerry's european union counterparts urged russia to take the path of mediation. carl bildt is sweden's foreign minister >> i think some in russia are still impressed by their military might. but i think after a while they will see the limitations. military might is not the way to make friends in europe, not to make friends in the world, and i think at some point in time they will start to see that. >> reporter: but in switzerland, russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, again said moscow was protecting russian citizens in crimea. and he lashed back at threats of economic penalties. >> ( translated ): those who attempt to interpret the situation as an act of aggression and threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, these are the very same partners of ours who consistently have encouraged political forces close to them to de
they're even russian. a lot of moving part this is morning as secretary kerry arrives in ukraine. >>> what we can learn about the entire 2014 campaign and how one candidate is working on 50 years of family history on the ballot. >>> and more developing news this morning. the president's outside political operation making changes in the wake of an exclusive nbc news report on their fund-raising operation. we'll have more on what organizing for action chief jim messina has now told his team. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, march 4th, 2014. this is "the daily rundown." >>> first reads of the morning, russian president vladimir putin went before the media this morning to defend his country's actions in the wake of the ukrainian revolution, arguing that it amounted to a coup that demanded a russian response. he he told reporters he would use force in ukraine only as a last resort, he claimed. but he said he reserves the right to do so. putin also said further military action would be justified because the ousted president, victor yanukovych has requested it. he said an
to exert influence on a neighboring country. >> meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry was in kiev, he was there to show solidarity with the ukrainian people, he walked down one of the streets expressed support and honored those who had been killed by government snipers as recently as a week ago. john kerry warning, that the pretext of russians, was to, in fact, go into eastern, and southern ukraine. that was the plan, the implication that john kerry said they don't simply have their sites on krimia. and commended them for not accepting the provocations as we just saw. and not enganging with russian forces and military action. here is more of what john kerry had to say. >> we condemn the act of aggression, and we have throughout this moment evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation, we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> now, for his part, vladimir putin said that russian troops he denied. the troops were even in the krimea. that's hard to believe. he spoke for the first time since the outset of this crisis. >> who is arguing with that. >> now ne
? >> providing this off ramp. >> this morning, secretary of state john kerry arrived. >> kerry's arrival coin sides with a proposed pact -- >> will europe go along with the united states to make it truly effective? >> there's not a clear black and white. >> that's because europe and the u.s. aren't entirely on the same page. >> merkel basically questioned putin's state of mind. >> he is living in a different world and the europeans understand that. >> there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. >> in a press conference today, vladimir putin said i am certain that the ukrainian military and the russian military will not be facing each other. they will be on the same side in a fight. but hours before he said that, russian troops outside a ukrainian base fired warning shots at unarmed ukrainian soldiers who were marching towards them. according to vladimir putin, those were not russian troops, but, as he put it, quote, local defense units. putin continued to deny that russian troops have invaded ukraine. putin had this to say about what he called the united stat
the countries around the world indicates that russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >> secretary kerry has a speech coming out this evening and getting on a plane and headed to kiev and might be meeting with the russian counter parts along the line, per happens in rome before or after the meeting, but going to ukraine and talking about what the united states can do to provide economic help. >> mike, thank you. joining us from washington to talk us through some of the knew yanss of all of this, william miller, a former ambassador, president obama is saying that the steps that russia has taken are violating the sovereignty of ukraine and integrity and violating the international law, is the president correct in all of the points? >> yes, he is. russia undertook in 1994, in return for ukraine giving up the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world to guarantee to ukraine that it would be free from any political, military, or economic pressures or coercion, this was reaffirmed again at the end of 1994, and repeatedly since. it's very clear what is taking place now in crimea is a violation
kerry set to meet in paris just hours from now. they are meeting there for talks to try to end the crisis. putin is talking of expanding his military operation in crimea. the russian president says there are no russian soldiers in ukraine. he insists they are just local self defense forces. >> russian forces have seized part of a ukrainian missle defense unit. they are trying to find a solution. we have reporters on the ground in ukraine, russia, and washington this morning covering all the angles. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent. what are you hearing from the white house this morning? >> reporter: nothing this early at this point. today john kerry is going to meet with his counter part, the russian foreign minister. leaders there are expressing concern at not seeing russia at this point at the table to talk about this situation. that talk between secretary kerry and the foreign minister, as far as we know at this point, is expected to go forward in a matter of hours. everyone is hoping that that does continue. but the views between the u.s. and russia have sharp
now, high level talks aimed at easing the crisis in ukraine are under way. john kerry just met with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: h
and lesbians. secretary of state john kerry joining in to call on people saying if it becomes law the supreme court will surely strike it down. we have a reporter with the arizona hubble newspaper. those commenting on the legislation, it's not law yet, see it as discriminatory. i want to see how arizona got to this piece of legislation. tell me how this is tied to, and maybe differs from arizona's freedom of religion laws. >> that is an interesting question, how did arizona get to this moment? i wish we could speak to that, but where would we begin. the freedom of religion law passed in 1999 and existed at the federal lovel level in 1993. we inserted a line in this newest incarnation of the bill that talks specifically about a belief being sincerely held. that's where people are getting hung up and feeling like everybody feels that their beliefs are sincerely held. that is language added to this bill, and some say it clarifies. >> say the governor signs this piece of legislation into law, and businesses turn away gays and lesbians lead to go discrimination lawsuits. would it be up to a judge
john kerry and top lawmakers hit the sunday talk shows weighing in on the u.s. options. steve is here with the latest. >> strong reaction from u.s. and its allies in the face of russian aggression in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry saying today russia's moves will bring international scorn and could result in sanctions aimed at isolating russia. the u.s. has suspended preparation for the g-8 summit and may not participate at all if the crisis in ukraine continues. secretary kerry has had russian president vladimir putin is clearly violating international law. >> it's an incredible act of aggressi aggression. it is really a stunning, willful choice by president putin to invade another country. russia is in violation of the sovereignty of ukraine. russia is in violation russian troops have spread out and it appears they'll continue to move into the rest of ukraine. nato's secretary general says they have violated the charter and is calling on putin to defuse the tensions. while many republican res saying we need a strong international reaction and should stand by the president, o
that look similar. >> visiting ukraine, a show of sol dar tit from secretary of state john kerry -- solidarity from secretary of state john kerry, walking down a street, honouring those killed by snipers. john kerry said russia's concerns about protecting ethnic russians carries a hidden agenda. >> i think russia is working hard to create a pretext to invade further. >> the implication that vladimir putin has designs on crimea and the east and south, areas with strong cultural ties to russia. john kerry spoke out about russia's move against crimea. >> we condemn the russian's federation act of aggression. we have, throughout the moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> there was one dramatic moment between ukrainian troops and russian soldiers. a tense standoff. it was on camera. randall pinkston is here with more on that. >> ukraine's military evicted by russian forces this past weekend said they wanted to do their duty, to return to belbek, to protect the air force. their risky, maybe foolha
. secretary of state john kerry will head to the ukraine capital of kiev later today in a show of support for the interim government. mentime, in just the past hour, a russian commander delivered a ultimatum to ukraine troops in ukraine's crimea region, surrender by 5:00 a.m. tomorrow or russian forces will storm the bases. that was the message that was just sent. russian forces are now in complete control of crimea. they took over this weekend without firing a shot and without resistance. the big question is, where will they stop? the u.s. and its allies are weighing options after russian president vladimir putin defiantly ignored president obama's warning not to invade ukraine. >> this is ran act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. the fact is, he's going to lose on the international stage. russia's going to lose, the russian people are going to lose. he's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the olympics. his $60 billion extravaganza. he is not going to have a sochi g8. he may not even rem
a the president. kerry med with sergey lavrov. afterwards, he spoke of hope for de-escalation of tension. >> russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation. and we are committed to working with russia. and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to de-escalation. the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. >> russian president vladimir putin has also spoken to angela merkel today. if diplomacy fails, the u.s. and its allies could put in sanctions against russia in a matter of days. howard fineman and michael mcfall. he's now a fellow at the hoover institution and an msnbc analyst. mr. ambassador, it's great to have you. give us your sense of the limits of this crisis. is there a sense in your mind right now based on your experience that vladimir putin has pushed as far as he's going to go or you think he might
to russia has been vocally very strong secretary of state john kerry said today that russia was innovating ukraine in a phone iy pretext. mike, what exactly are the administrations options at this appointment. >> reporter: the wheels are turning here morgan no question about it. we have been told by a white house spokesman that the president happen about kept apprise this morning by his national security advisers of situation in ukraine, he has plans to speak on the phone with world leaders allied leaders to talk about how to react to this crisis. meanwhile, you are right, john kerry making the rounds of the sunday public affairs shows today here in washington, calling them hooligans, the actions thuggery, accuses russia of 19th century behavior. what about it? what can the united states in coordination with it's allies do in reaction to this apparent aggression on the part of vladimir putin's russia, here is more of what john kerry had to say. >> i talked to were 10 of the foreign ministers of those countries most engaged, the g8 plus some others, and all of them, every single one he have
kerry will arrive in ukraine. he will take a tough stance on the russian invasion perhaps? or can we expect more of this? >> folks, sarah palin said she could see russia from alaska. mitt, mitt romney talks like he's only seen russia by watching "rocky 4." all the latest on what's happened overnight coming right to you in minutes. >> he's funny. meanwhile will she or won't she? lois lerner and her attorney can't seem to get the story straight. this morning new details and an e-mail chain you probably haven't seen regarding the i.r.s. targeting scandal. >> a giant american flag found torn, tattered and thrown to the side like a piece of trash, but what one woman did will make you proud to be an american if you're not already. mornings are better with friends. watch this. >> you're watching "fox & friends," the number-one morning cable news show in america. [playing taps] >> i wonder if they can see us in russia? >> sure. >> well let's give you an update on what's going on in russia. vladimir putin had a press conference and said he hasn't done anything wrong. he said there's been an u
sighted in the black sea. >> john kerry headed to kiev to show support for the new leader. >> i think putin is playing chess, and i think we're playing marbles, and i don't think it's even close. >> 100 million people are waking up to ice, snow plunging temperatures. >> washington braces for nearly a foot -- >> 2,000 flights grounded nationwide. >> it will be another rough one. i'm looking for that punxsutawney phil. >> the oscar goes to "12 years a slave." everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. >> matthew mcconaughey. >> all right, all right, all right. >> cate blanchett. >> julia hashtag suck it. you know what i mean? to the academy, thank you. >> lupita. >> thank you so much. >> the trial for oscar pistorius has begun. >> a california restaurant turned into a nightmare. >> oh, that? >> a frozen start to this year's iditarod alaska's grueling sled dog race. >> -- championship a bonus if it goes in almost a miracle. >> and all that matters. >> do you want -- >> meryl can -- >> ellen degeneres bradley cooper took this selfie the most retweeted picture ever.
involving lab rats. while in kiev, secretary of state john kerry said the opposite this is pledge to invade forward. he pledged $1 billion in u.s. assistance to the struggling ukraine. jim joining us now in moscow. good morning to you. a lot going on to talk about. perhaps more aide from the eu and perry going to paris. >> reporter: that's right. kerry is in paris to discuss with russian counter parts. richard, i think you could say there's been a change in the past 24 hours as far as potential progress. that clearly comes from putin's comments tuesday that he saw no need for the use of force in ukraine and had no desire to annex the peninsula. that allowed the perceptible change from the military confrontation we've been reporting on to take a step back from the brink. today in crimea things repain tense on the ground. there's reports of russians seizing two ukraine missile posts. ukraine is spinning not towards war but diplomatic solution. secretary of state john kerry meeting with the russian counter part in paris is the first face to face meeting since the crisis escalated. perhaps more
side of -- russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >> secretary of state john kerry has a speech on foreign affairs an then gets on a plane and heads for ukraine. he may meet with his russian counterpart sergey lavrov. >> michael, forgive me for the bluntness of this question. when we spend so much time on the international story. why does the u.s. impair the ongoing crisis in ukraine and particularly in crimea? >> that is threshold question, no question about it. that is the first question when the president ultimately faces the press on this that he will get from the press corps. a destabilized ukraine means a destabilized europe and all kinds of problems for the united states. the president also says today, when congress does return, they're out today on a snow day, he wants them to take up sanctions in coordination with the european union, against russia in retaliation for this. harry reid, the democratic leader says we can't wait, we have to go it alone. only 2% of the trade is done with russia. this affects europeans much more than it does the united states, in a m
a carpet of flowers and a very moving moment for john kerry as he stood there and remembered the dead. he is now talking to politicians, to the prime minister, and he has something to offer. he said that president obama will work with congress to approve a billion dollars in loan guarantees. now, this will mainly help with cuts in subsidies to fuel costs for ukrainians. it is generally considered that fuel has been too cheap here which, of course, if the sud d sud /* subsidies are taken away will be a hardship for ukraineians and he said the u.s. will help with the economic challenges in ukraine and help to stamp out corruption and the united states also helped with providing some observers for the presidential e elections, the forthcoming presidential e elections. finally, because the u.s. is the main contributor to the international monetary fund, he said the united states is ready to support a listening program, a big lending program from the imf because ukraine is broke. it's teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. all of that, of course, in addition to, i am sure, discussions about w
. >> the ukrainian prime minister says we're on the brink of disaster. >> secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion. >> are you willing to show solidarity with the ukrainians. >> absolutely. >> this is a conversation about obama's leadership pure and simple. >> we have a weak and indecisive president. >> president obama needs to do something. >> i would hope americans would focus on condemning the actions of putin. >> winter showing no signs of slowing down. >> this is part of a massive storm system. >> approaching 5 feet of snow. i'm tired and it's in march. >> dramatic testimony on day one of the oscar pistorius murder trial in south africa. >> a tragic mistake driven by his fear of crime and vulnerability. >> and the oscar goes to -- "12 years a slave". >> no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. >> look at us. >> ready? >> today the tug of war over ukraine continues and international stability could hang in the balance. it is three days into what the white house is described as a russian invasion of ukraine and now vladimir putin is tightening his grip. today russia's
. high-stakes talk to end the tense, tense armed standoff in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with officials from russia and ukraine. is there a way out of this impasse? we'll bring you live team coverage on the very latest. >>> dramatic testimony kauflg an olympic hero to break down in tears. the details of his girlfriend's death who hard to hear. happening right now, the blade runner back in court on trial for murder. we're live with who's on the witness stand at this moment. >>> the deep freeze, it is ending. temperatures this morning finally on their way back up. but it's not all good news. there's another snowstorm brewing. indra petersons is tracking the very latest for us. >> good morning, i'm john berman. >> it's 5 a.m. in the east. there's a lot going on around the world. let's begin in ukraine where tensions in the east and west are escalating this morning with little sign of a resolution. the secretary of state john kerry sitting down with his ukrainian counterpart. later today, we'll talk with russia's foern minister. now vladimir putin insists those armed
-bye. ♪ >>> the offramp may be approaching as vladimir putin appears to soften his stance. secretary kerry tries to steer the ukraine cries toys a resolution on the ground. >>> texas takeaways. democrats like the top of their ticket, but there may be a catch as republicans find the oldest member in congress facing a runoff, and next generation bush on the path to statewide office. >>> plus, as new poll numbers again show rising support for same-sex marriage, a kentucky legal case fight gets emotional. we'll talk to the state's attorney general, jack conway. >>> and good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 5th, 2014. and this is the "the daily rundown," i'm kristen welker in for chuck todd. we begin with the crisis over ukraine where all the action seems to be on the diplomatic front. this morning, secretary of state john kerry kicked off a meeting of the u.n. security council in paris, designed to try to end the standoff in the ukrainian region of crimea. kerry began by reading a 1994 agreement he says has been righted by russia's incursion. >> the united states of america and russian federati
options and setting the stage for the next step. secretary of state john kerry is leading the diplomacy from paris now, where he's getting ready to meet with his russian counterpart in the next hour. earlier he met with ukrainian foreign minister and british foreign minister. back in washington, president obama is pushing that diplomatic off-ramp to russia, pull back troops, instead let international monitors make sure ethnic russians are okay. the president spent nearly an hour yesterday talking to the key european player in all of this, german chancellor angela merkel, and he told democrats at a fundraising dinner last night, "we may be able to deescalate over the next days and weeks, but it's a serious situation and we're spending a lot of time on it." at a budget event yesterday, he struck a similar tone. >> president putin is pausing for a moment and reflecting on what's happened. there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. i know president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but i don't think t
it a declaration of war. john kerry says the g8 countries are all ready to isolate russia. jennifer glasse is live in the capital of crimea now. earlier this morning you witnessed a pretty tense stands off have things calmed down at all since then? >> reporter: well, as darkness falls here, morgan in crimea, at that base about a 20-minute drive from here things were getting a little bit settled the two commanders had spoken to each other. the ukrainian commandser and russian commander had agreed to stand down their alert stat to us calm things down, they agreed the ukrainian had an armored vehicle with a gun pointed straight at -- straightforward. they asked to make the turan it's go a little bit hire so it wasn't pointed directly at them to calm things down, but the base is still surrounded by those russian forces. the russians were beding in for the night. they came in 100 trucks, they were building tents, things were quiet but the ukrainians standing guard say they won't give up their arms or the armored vehicles the russian said they wanted to come in and secure that base. but the ukrainian of
of his presidency. he's dispatching the secretary of state john kerry to kiev. let's check in with our white house correspondent. >> reporter: secretary kerry is making tough statements. he'll travel to ukraine and meet with new leaders there and offer strong u.s. support. the senior administration officials too have been making these, offering these warnings hammering russian president put decision-making on this saying he miscalculated as well as beefing up warnings that we will isolate with other nations russia internationally. the secretary of state is preparing for an emergency trip to the center of the crisis. it comes after president obama and his national security team worked through the weekend of the dangerous escalating situation in ukraine. the president spoke by phone with leaders of canada, france, germany, poland, the uk after an hour and a half call with vladimir putin himself. senior administration officials say obama flatly rejected putin's reasons for entering ukraine and taking over crimea, telling him to back out. but also offering ways forward through dialogue or
the awards also shines a spotlight on global issues. >> secretary of state john kerry announced he'll travel to ukraine's capital on tuesday to support the interim cabinet. after russia took control of crimea. he warned russia to step back, there could be economic sanctions and russia could be kicked out of the g8. the head of the ukraine navy was kicked out after swearing allegiance to crimea. russian troops surrounded military bases in crimea and depended military bases disarm. jennifer glasse reports from one of the military bases in crimea. >> it wasn't the day that sergei storozhenko thought it would be. russian forces came to his base ordering him to surrender. more russians arrived, truckloads. the colonel watches and tells someone "they're here." the ukrainians move an armored fighting vehicle to the gate. there'll be no enforcements. "no one is coming from kiev", he tells me, "me and my brigade. we'll do what we can, we'll see." the commander and his brigade says, "we'll see if there'll be war." then the troops come in on foot. some civilians try to stop them. soon they had the base
's about defending rights and john kerry is heading to kiev on tuesday to meet with members of the interim government and british foreign minister william hague is there right now. we have live team coverage this morning and lisa stark is in washington and begin with phil who is in kiev. good morning, phil, the russians surrounding a ukrainian base in crimea and have operational control of the peninsula. what is happening now in crimea and just off shore in the black sea? >> well, stephanie, they are consolidating power on the crimea peninsula. they have surrounded a number of military bases there but we have spoken to ukrainian intelligence sources who say there are still some very strong, capable ukraine units and threats coming from the other side of the border. we have learned today that the ukraine intelligence officials are aware of where russian tanks are located. just on the other side of the border, less than 150 miles away from the capitol, if they decide to come into ukraine as a greater effort, not just crimea but ukraine and vladimir putin asked for it in the parliament and sa
. actor and director ben affleck melt with secretary of state john kerry this morning and moments ago, wrapped up testimony before the senate foreign relations committee. affleck was speaking about the continuing humanitarian crisis in the democratic republic of congo where militia attacks uprooted kong la ease in the past four months. meanwhile in the senate appropriations committee, seth rogan testified on the effects of alzheimer's disease. his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease when she was just 55 years old. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert at something because that's cool. i don't know if you know who i am at all. you told me you never saw "knocked up." >> coming up, climate change is real. no really, it's real. bill nye and dr. jeffrey sax join me. the longer governor brewer waits to veto sb 1062, the worse it gets for her party. we talk grand old self-made problems next. [ male announcer ] it's 7am and steve is already thinking about tomorrow. which is why he's investing in his heart health by eat
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